Preventing the Spread of Aquatic Invasive Species by Recreational Boats: Model Legislative Provisions and Guidance to Promote Reciprocity State Watercraft Inspection and Decontamination Programs

Invasive species can be spread in many ways, both intentionally and unintentionally.  Once established in a given environment, they can compete with native species for food and habitat and can significantly impact ecosystems by altering food webs, reducing biodiversity, and changing water quality.  Researchers have estimated that economic damages associated with invasive species and m